Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ask a Planner... "A License to Marry?"


We are getting married this September and someone just said to us the other day that we need a marriage license!?! This is the first we have heard about this! Is this true? And if we do need one then where do we get it and how much does it cost?  Who would have guessed...


Hello Stephen,

Good questions!  First of all check out the handy dandy BC Government website for all the “Getting Married in BC” need to knows…  It offers tons of useful information as far as finding a marriage commissioner, obtaining a license, protocol for changing your name if desired, locations for a garden ceremony, etc.

To answer your questions…  Yes, everyone needs a license to be legally married in BC (but, not to have kids! I think they have that one totally backwards! lol).  It is super easy to obtain one though.  Simply walk into London Drugs at Broadway and Cambie (yup that's what I said London Drugs) and head to the insurance department (or see website above for other participating insurance offices near you).  The cost is $100.00 (No tax! Savour it as that doesn’t happen often!).  Only one of you need go, but it’s a smart idea to bring a piece of mail or I.D. belonging to your spouse to confirm proper spelling of names.  That's not mandatory, just helpful.  You can only pick up the license 0-3 months before the wedding so based on a September wedding you are good to pick it up anytime.  All the best with your wedding plans Stephen!

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